Coronavirus is a type of flu. People who are ill with the virus may have a cough, a high temperature (37.8 or higher) and may find it harder to breathe than normal. Most people who have the virus will feel unwell, but not require hospital treatment. If you or someone you live with has a temperature or new, continuous cough you should self isolate. The Government has said that if you live alone, you should self isolate for 7 days and if you live with family and you develop symptoms you should self isolate for 7 days, and other family should isolate for 14 days. The NHS advise you not to go to your G.P if you suspect that you have the Coronavirus – they recommend you stay at home and rest. You should contact 111 if you start to feel more unwell or are still feeling ill after 7 days. One of the most important things we can do is to make sure we are helping to prevent the spread of the virus. The best way to do this is to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, eiher with a tissue or by doing it into the truck cruck of your elbow. Any tissues used should then be disposed of into the bin. You should also avoid touching your face with your hands. The most important thing we should all be doing is washing our hands regularly. Public Health England recommends that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday twice) View this video to see a demonstration.
Alder Hay Children’s Hospital have produced this fantastic video to help children understand what coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to stop the virus spreading.
The Government has announced the launch of its new Test, Trace (and Isolate) initiative, with effect from 9am today Thursday 28th May:
Read the press release here
Find out how it works here
Workplace guidance available here
Introduction of requirements for public transport
The government asks transport operators in England to make wearing face coverings a requirement of using public transport from 15th June to coincide with the next stage of carefully easing restrictions. Bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the risk of transmission when social distancing is not always possible – with government also working with operators to ensure staff are provided with face coverings where appropriate. The guidance remains to work from home if you can and avoid public transport where possible. For more information see the Government website.
New guidance on spending time outdoors:
As of the 13th May, people are allowed to spend more time outdoors:
- They will be able to go to parks and beaches to sunbathe, have a picnic and go fishing
- Outdoor sports courts can reopen, including tennis and basketball courts as well as golf courses
- People will also be able to see one person from another household, as long as they follow social distance guidance
- This follows scientific advice that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside
All of the new regulations are subject to social distancing rules. You can read the new guidance here
Staying alert and safe (social distancing):
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. As part of this plan:
- People and employers should stay safe in public spaces and workplaces by following “COVID-19 secure” guidelines. This should enable more people to go back to work, where they cannot work from home, and encourage more vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to go to school or childcare as already permitted
- You should stay alert when you leave home: washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing, and ensuring you do not gather in groups of more than two, except with members of your household or for other specific exceptions set out in law
- You must continue to stay home except for a limited set of reasons but – in line with scientific advice – can take part in more outdoor activities. Full guidance can be found here.
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The NSPCC have compiled this guide to help talk to a child worried about the coronavirus.
New Coronavirus Status Checker to help NHS
A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock. People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience. It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it. Status Checker users are clearly told at the beginning and the end of the survey that it is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and that they should visit 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms. The information gathered will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country. To complete the survey, click here.
NHS Guide for Parents:
Amidst everything that is happening at the moment, with all advice to avoid hospitals and not to visit your GP unless you need to, it can be hard knowing what to do if your child is unwell. Click here to view a guide which gives clear and simple advice on what to do if your child is showing any signs of being unwell.
New falls, fracture and mobility resources to help people to stay physically active after discharge from hospital:
A number of different organisations have developed a range of resources to support people during the Covid-19 pandemic to stay active after being discharged from hospital. As we all know this pandemic has put a huge amount of pressure on health and care services across the entire country, and as a result don’t have the capacity to respond to and prevent falls and fall related injuries. At the same time, increased inactivity due to self-distancing and self-isolation is likely to result in an increased risk of falls and fall-related injuries for older people. For more information and advice on how to stay physically active after a discharge from hospital, including online movement and activity videos, information leaflets and advice for carers click here.
Later Life Training have also launched a ‘Make Movement Your Mission’ campaign encouraging older people to partake in 10 minutes of movement three times a day via their online classes. The aim of this campaign is to keep older people active and reduce their risk of falling. You can access the videos by clicking here.
Health at Home:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it’s essential, which includes if you feel very unwell or you are told to attend an existing appointment for ongoing treatment. While you are at home it’s still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer. There is a useful online page which gives information on how to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage long-term conditions and maintain your mental and physical wellbeing. Find out more here.
Government extends Covid-19 testing to all key workers:
The government has committed to provide a COVID-19 test to all key workers who need one. This commitment covers all social care staff, including staff and voluntary workers in residential care settings and providing home care support along with teachers, shop workers, refuse collector and public transport workers. Over 20,000 social care workers have already been referred for testing. More information is available on GOV.UK
For key workers in our area, there are testing sites at:
- Northern Lincolnshire – drive thru swabbing site, currently located at Brigg (soon to be relocated/expanded)
- Hull & East Riding – drive thru swabbing site at Castle Hill Hospital
- York/North Yorkshire – swabbing facilities at York, Easingwold and Scarborough
- Two regional testing centres are being established to create additional testing capacity for staff and key workers across the Humber Coast and Vale region, over and above that provided by local laboratories.
- The first site will be located at the Humber Bridge Car Park (North), Ferriby Rd, Hessle, HU13 0JG.
- The second site will be located at Poppleton Bar Park and Ride, Roman Rd, Upper
Poppleton, York YO26 6QF.
Looking out for Each Other:
Public Health England have launched a campaign to inform those who are well and not at risk, of the things they can do to help support friends and neighbours who need to self isolate due to Covid-19. To read more about the campaign click here.
NHS launch new campaign: Help us help you get the treatment you need:
The NHS has launched a major new drive to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. The plea comes alongside new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP. Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons that people can safely leave home, in line with government guidance. And Sir Simon stressed that the NHS is still there for patients without coronavirus who need urgent and emergency services for stroke, heart attack, and other killer conditions. While NHS staff have worked hard to put in place measures allowing people to access care safely – such as splitting services into Covid and non-Covid – attendances at Accident and Emergency departments are so far on course to be one million lower this April than last. Some leading clinicians including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and medical health charities such as the British Heart Foundation and Stroke Association have expressed concerns that people are risking their long-term health, and their lives, by delaying getting the help they need. A new public information campaign – including digital adverts, posters and social media featuring NHS staff – will be rolled out next week to persuade people to contact their GP or the 111 service if they have urgent care needs – or 999 in emergencies – and to attend hospital if they are told they should. As well as encouraging people to seek help for urgent health needs, over the coming weeks the NHS will take steps to encourage people to use other vital services – such as cancer screening and care, maternity appointments and mental health support – as they usually would, by demonstrating how frontline teams are delivering them safely.
NHS Fitness Studio:
The NHS have launched a range of exercise videos to help people keep active and healthy while staying at home. Videos are all instructor led and range from 10-45 minutes long. There are exercises to tone your abs, raise your heart rate, and tone your upper arms. You will also find workouts suitable for new mums, such as postnatal yoga, or health problems, such as Pilates for back pain. Plus, there’s the Wake up! workout, Vinyasa flow yoga, and Belly dancing for beginners to get people moving. To view the videos, click here.
Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests:
Anyone in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland experiencing a new, continuous cough, high temperature or a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a test here. The extension in testing eligibility comes ahead of the rollout of the new test and trace service and is possible thanks to increased testing capacity across the country as the government expands total testing capacity towards 200,000 tests a day. The government has more than doubled the capacity of the NHS/Public Health England (PHE) laboratory network, set up 50 regional test centres and 116 mobile testing units, and introduced home testing kits and 3 Lighthouse laboratories. The number of tests available for the general population will increase as capacity continues to expand.
St Paul’s Cathedral Launches Virtual Book of Remembrance:
An online book of remembrance to commemorate those who have died from coronavirus has been organised by St Paul’s Cathedral. The Prince of Wales said the virtual memorial was a chance to mark “our loss and sorrow, but also to be thankful for everything good that those we have loved brought into our lives”. The St Paul’s choristers have also recorded a piece of music via video. The piece was sung from the boys’ homes during the lockdown. The memorial book, called Remember Me, is online from Friday and open to people of all faiths or none, the cathedral said. Family members, friends and carers of anyone who has died can submit the name, photograph and a short message. The deceased person must be British or have been living in the UK.
Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19:
The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced. People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review. For more information see the Government website.
All hospital visitors must wear a face covering:
From Monday 15 June, the Government has announced all patients and visitors to hospital must cover their faces. You can wear your own mask or use a buff, bandana or scarf tied around your face, providing it covers your nose and mouth. All NHS staff will be wearing surgical face masks. Social distancing will be in place with fewer seats in waiting rooms, 2m distance markers on floors and screens at reception desks. Ample hand-washing facilities or hand sanitising stations are in place. You must use them before entering or leaving departments and clinics. You need to come for your appointment on your own if you can as near to your appointment time as possible. If you need someone with you, please limit it to one person and they must also wear a face covering. They may be asked to wait outside until you’re ready for collection because space is limited.
For the latest information from the World Health Organisation click here
For the latest information from Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network click here